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€10m European funding success for wildfire management project

A new research project involving 39 partners from 19 countries and including James Hutton Institute scientists has received €10 million from the European Union. The Horizon 2020 funded project FireEUrisk, launching this month, aims to shift conventional thinking and develop a science-based strategy to manage major forest fires across Europe.

River partnership shortlisted for environment award

The partnership tasked with looking after the river Dee catchment in north east Scotland is a finalist in the Inspiring Aberdeenshire Awards. Shortlisted for the Beautiful Aberdeenshire Environmental Award, the Dee Catchment Partnership’s recent Easter Beltie burn restoration project near Torphins was recognised for ‘helping to nurture and enhance the region’s natural beauty though environmental initiatives.’

Come and experience the Power of Plants at the Dundee Botanic Garden

The public are invited to discover the wonderful world of plants and the people who work with them at an upcoming event at the University of Dundee Botanic Garden, co-organised by scientists at the James Hutton Institute.

‘Plant Power’ is an annual event that showcases the fascinating plants at the Garden and highlights exciting plant science work being done in Dundee.

ISRR Lecture and root-rhizosphere workshop shines light into the dark world of roots and soil

After two postponements due to COVID-19, the long awaited 2020 ISRR Dundee Root Medal and Root-Rhizosphere Interactions Workshop took place on the 5th May 2021. This is an annual event for scientists interested in root research and the plant/soil interface.

Hosted by the James Hutton Institute, the meeting was virtual for the first time and this format opened up the event to a larger, international, audience of 170 interested registrants, including scientists from 16 countries from the USA, China, Australia and across Europe.

‘Smart’ legume decisions raise hopes for more sustainable agriculture

Legume plants can make ‘smart’ management decisions when it comes to interacting with their symbiotic bacterial partners to harness nitrogen from the atmosphere, a research team including a James Hutton Institute scientist has shown, offering insight into how a better understanding of these ‘smart’ interactions could help advance sustainable agriculture.

Sir Paul Grice appointed to James Hutton Institute Board

The James Hutton Institute has announced the appointment of Sir Paul Grice, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen Margaret University, to its Board of Directors as a non-executive director.

Sir Paul held the position of Clerk and Chief Executive of the Scottish Parliament from its inception in 1999 to 2019, leading the delivery of all services to the Parliament alongside acting as its principal adviser on procedural and constitutional matters.

Fascination of Plants Day: become a plant scientist for a day

From one little seed, planted into soil, many green lives can arise – from small herbs up to big trees, or from ornamental flowers to substantial crops which all animals and humans need to survive on this planet. Plant biologists estimate the total number of plant species roughly to be about 250,000.

Blight studies reveal evolution of potato disease in Europe and Asia

Plant scientists at the James Hutton Institute are studying the evolution of late blight in potato by working with industry and research partners to track the distribution and diversity of dominant clones in Europe in 2020, and have also contributed to a review into the development of the disease in Asia in the last 150 years, as part of global efforts to improve the sustainable production of healthy potato crops.

Improved management of farmed peatlands could cut 500m tonnes of CO2

Substantial cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions could be achieved by raising water levels in agricultural peatlands, according to a new study co-authored by James Hutton Institute scientists and published in the journal Nature.

Peatlands occupy just three per cent of the world’s land surface area but store a similar amount of carbon to all terrestrial vegetation, as well as supporting unique biodiversity.

Environmental and agricultural research at centre of new Hutton-Utah State University partnership

A partnership agreement has been signed between Utah State University and the James Hutton Institute to promote cooperation in agricultural and environmental research, with emphasis on climate change issues.

The agreement was signed by Professor Colin Campbell, Chief Executive of the James Hutton Institute, and USU President, Noelle E. Cockett, during an online meeting held to mark the occasion.


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.